Phil Neville issues blunt warning to Jose Mourinho about key Man United man

Phil Neville discusses Manchester United's over-reliance on striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season

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Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Adidas

Phil Neville has warned Jose Mourinho that Manchester United have become too reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front.

The Swedish striker has been Manchester United’s top performing player this season, with the veteran forward having scored 28 goals in all competitions for Mourinho’s men so far this term.

There had been doubts about whether the 35-year-old would be able to adapt to the rigours of English football in the latter stage of his career but Ibrahimovic has been a regular fixture in the team this term.

Indeed, the Red Devils have become somewhat reliant on the forward to provide their goals this season and have struggled during his absence.

And former Manchester United defender Neville has warned that the Red Devils must not become too heavily dependent on the former Paris Saint-Germain star.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Neville said: “He has carried Manchester United. The goals he has scored, his attitude on the pitch…

“Jose keeps rotating his team but he has never rotated Zlatan. He needs him. They will need him to keep scoring goals from now until the end of the season.”

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Ibrahimovic will be expecting to start for Manchester United when the Red Devils take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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